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Old 08-28-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
 
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Expanded playoffs “likely focus” over 18-game season

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently that the NFL is looking at ways to make the preseason better for its fans and most would point to cutting the number of preseason games as the place to start.

It appears that point of view is taking hold. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that people familiar with the league’s thinking are “increasingly convinced” the preseason will be shortened in the near future.

Losing those games would cost teams revenue, which has led to a concurrent discussion about expanding the regular season. That notion has been met with strong resistance from the NFLPA and Maske reports that the league is shifting gears in response.

Maske reports that expanded playoffs will be the “likely focus” of future talks about cutting preseason games. He adds that the league believes they could act to cut the playoffs and increase the playoffs on its own, but that current consideration of a move is being done within “the context of bargaining between the owners and the NFLPA” on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The potential change would give each league seven playoff teams while eliminating one of the two byes currently handed out. It’s expected that one of the six first round games would be played on Monday night.

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Old 08-28-2019, 07:06 PM   #2
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Don’t charge regular season prices for it. Expand it to 8 games and make it a farm league. Vets don’t have to play
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Maybe 6 games lol
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:00 PM   #4
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Get rid of the 2 preseason games
Add 3 weeks to the regular season (2 game weeks and 1 extra bye week).

Makes a 20 week season with 2 bye weeks for every team.

League gets more revenue, players should share that with increased cap and jumping game day rosters to 60 players.
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:12 PM   #5
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Players like Brees won’t like the schedule expansion. All of his season records will be threatened. Yards, TD’s, completions and etc.
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:15 PM   #6
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Re: Expanded playoffs “likely focus” over 18-game season

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

They tried an extended playoffs in 1982 and the results were not pretty.

We've had 16 game seasons now for over 40 years. It shouldn't be touched.
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:28 AM   #7
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Get rid of the 2 preseason games
Add 3 weeks to the regular season (2 game weeks and 1 extra bye week).

Makes a 20 week season with 2 bye weeks for every team.

League gets more revenue, players should share that with increased cap and jumping game day rosters to 60 players.
One proposal in that scenario is to require every player to sit out 2 games. It would be 18 game weeks but all the players would still play 16 games. Seems like a lot of roster shuffling to add just 2 games.
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:33 AM   #9
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Re: Expanded playoffs “likely focus” over 18-game season

Sixteen game regular season is plenty, there's no need to change it...

If anything, add another bye week to each team's schedule, stretch the season out; fans have other teams or just great matchups they'll watch even if their favorite team is on bye...

Weeks six (6) and seven (7) and weeks twelve (12) and thirteen (13)...

And put all the division games at the beginning and the end of the schedule, give them more meaning...

And get rid of Thursday Night Games!!!
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:46 AM   #10
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Changing rules that employees and customers like. I can hear the laughter in the NFL board room when one guy makes that proposal.
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